Preview: Leicester City v. Ipswich Town
The Foxes have taken just two points from a possible twelve since topping the table towards the end of October, a run which has seen Nigel Pearson`s men follow up six consecutive wins at the King Power Stadium with a defeat to Crystal Palace and a 2-2 draw with rivals Nottingham Forest - a game the Foxes feel they should have won. Ipswich, on the other hand, have won two of their last three matches since appointing former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy. However, the Tractor Boys still boast one of the worst defensive records in the Championship, and have scored the fewest goals in the league so far this season.
This match should see the return of former Foxes striker DJ Campbell, currently on loan at Ipswich from Queens Park Rangers. Campbell has scored four times since joining the club at the beginning of October - the same number of goals he scored during Leicester`s ill-fated 2007-8 Championship season, in which the Foxes were relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time in the club`s history. Campbell can expect a negative reception tomorrow, but will be looking to prove a point to his former employers.
Tomorrow`s fixture will be a test of character for Leicester. The players will feel as though they did enough to beat Nottingham Forest last weekend; a game in which Forest were awarded a controversial penalty, while the Foxes were denied a spot-kick at the other end. Nigel Pearson has been in football long enough to know that things often don`t go your way during a sticky run of form, but that a good result can do wonders to turning things around.
With back-to-back away trips on the horizon, Leicester will certainly be looking for their seventh home win tomorrow afternoon - and will be boosted by the return of Jamie Vardy, who has missed a couple of games through injury. Pearson may opt to revert to playing Vardy alongside David Nugent in attack, although Martyn Waghorn has played well in recent weeks - possibly well enough to remain in the starting XI. The only thing missing from Waghorn`s game has been a goal, and perhaps coming off the bench in England U21`s win over Northern Ireland in midweek could give the youngster the confidence boost he needs.